Constance Cummings

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Constance Cummings, CBE (May 15, 1910 – November 23, 2005) was an American-born British actress, known for her work on both screen and stage. Born Constance Halverstadt in Seattle, Washington to Dallas Halverstadt and Kate Cummings, she began as a stage actress, landing her first role on Broadway by the age of 18. While appearing on Broadway, she was discovered by Sam Goldwyn, who brought her to Hollywood in 1931. Between 1931 and 1934, Cummings appeared in 21 films, most notably the Harold Lloyd picture Movie Crazy and American Madness, directed by Frank Capra. She was married to the playwright and screenwriter Benn Levy MBE from 1933 until his death in 1973. Levy went on to write and direct films for Cummings, such as The Jealous God (1939); he also served in the United Kingdom Parliament from 1945-50 as the Labour MP for Eton and Slough. They had a son and a daughter. Cummings was uncomfortable in Hollywood and moved to England, where she continued acting, both in movies and on the stage. Few of these films became popular in America, although included amongst those that did is Blithe Spirit, adapted from a play by Sir Noël Coward. In 1974, Cummings, who resided in the UK for many decades, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the British entertainment industry. She played Mary Tyrone in the Royal National Theatre's production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night ...

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Movie Crazy (1932)

After a mix-up with his application photograph, an aspiring actor is invited to a screen test and goes off to Hollywood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Lloyd  •  Clyde Bruckman
CAST:  Harold Lloyd  •  Constance Cummings  •  Kenneth Thomson  •  Louise Closser Hale

After a mix-up with his application photograph, an aspiring actor is invited to a screen test and goes off to Hollywood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Lloyd  •  Clyde Bruckman
CAST:  Harold Lloyd  •  Constance Cummings  •  Kenneth Thomson  •  Louise Closser Hale

Night After Night (1932)

A former boxer purchases a classy speakeasy and falls in love with a wealthy society girl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Archie Mayo
CAST:  George Raft  •  Constance Cummings  •  Wynne Gibson  •  Mae West

A former boxer purchases a classy speakeasy and falls in love with a wealthy society girl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Archie Mayo
CAST:  George Raft  •  Constance Cummings  •  Wynne Gibson  •  Mae West

The Mind Reader (1933)

Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. The carny, renamed Chandra, falls for one of his marks, Sylvia, but their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Del Ruth
CAST:  Warren William  •  Constance Cummings  •  Allen Jenkins  •  Natalie Moorhead

Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. The carny, renamed Chandra, falls for one of his marks, Sylvia, but their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Del Ruth
CAST:  Warren William  •  Constance Cummings  •  Allen Jenkins  •  Natalie Moorhead

The Foreman Went to France (1942)

Based on the true story of Melbourne Johns, an aircraft factory foreman sent to France to prevent the Nazis getting hold of some vital equipment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Frend
CAST:  Tommy Trinder  •  Constance Cummings  •  Clifford Evans  •  Robert Morley

Based on the true story of Melbourne Johns, an aircraft factory foreman sent to France to prevent the Nazis getting hold of some vital equipment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Frend
CAST:  Tommy Trinder  •  Constance Cummings  •  Clifford Evans  •  Robert Morley

Long Day's Journey Into Night (1973)

On a day in the summer of 1912, the family of retired matinee idol James Tyrone grapples with the morphine addiction of Tyrone's wife Mary, the illness of their youngest son Edmund, and the alcoholism and debauchery of the older son Jamie. As day turns into night, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Wood
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Constance Cummings  •  Denis Quilley  •  Ronald Pickup

On a day in the summer of 1912, the family of retired matinee idol James Tyrone grapples with the morphine addiction of Tyrone's wife Mary, the illness of their youngest son Edmund, and the alcoholism and debauchery of the older son Jamie. As day turns into night, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Wood
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Constance Cummings  •  Denis Quilley  •  Ronald Pickup

Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932)

Button Gwinett Brown is a freshman congressman on a mission to rid Washington of corruption. He quickly runs afoul of the powerful Senator Norton...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Cruze
CAST:  Lee Tracy  •  Constance Cummings  •  Walter Connolly  •  Alan Dinehart

Button Gwinett Brown is a freshman congressman on a mission to rid Washington of corruption. He quickly runs afoul of the powerful Senator Norton...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Cruze
CAST:  Lee Tracy  •  Constance Cummings  •  Walter Connolly  •  Alan Dinehart

Traveling Husbands (1931)

A salesman gets in trouble with a party girl and a debutante in Detroit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Sloane
CAST:  Evelyn Brent  •  Frank Albertson  •  Constance Cummings  •  Hugh Herbert

A salesman gets in trouble with a party girl and a debutante in Detroit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Sloane
CAST:  Evelyn Brent  •  Frank Albertson  •  Constance Cummings  •  Hugh Herbert

Attorney for the Defense (1932)

A lawyer is haunted by a previous case in which he manipulated evidence and convicted an innocent man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Cummings
CAST:  Edmund Lowe  •  Evelyn Brent  •  Constance Cummings  •  Don Dillaway

A lawyer is haunted by a previous case in which he manipulated evidence and convicted an innocent man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Cummings
CAST:  Edmund Lowe  •  Evelyn Brent  •  Constance Cummings  •  Don Dillaway

Glamour (1934)

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DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Paul Lukas  •  Constance Cummings  •  Phillip Reed  •  Doris Lloyd

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DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Paul Lukas  •  Constance Cummings  •  Phillip Reed  •  Doris Lloyd

Seven Sinners (1936)

Ed Harwood, a wisecracking private investigator from New York, discovers a crime at an hotel in Nice during a carnival. The unraveling of the mystery which lies behind will lead him and Caryl Fenton, a female insurance agent, who will become his companion, first to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert de Courville
CAST:  Edmund Lowe  •  Constance Cummings  •  Thomy Bourdelle  •  Henry Oscar

Ed Harwood, a wisecracking private investigator from New York, discovers a crime at an hotel in Nice during a carnival. The unraveling of the mystery which lies behind will lead him and Caryl Fenton, a female insurance agent, who will become his companion, first to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert de Courville
CAST:  Edmund Lowe  •  Constance Cummings  •  Thomy Bourdelle  •  Henry Oscar

Into the Blue (1950)

Enjoying a holiday in the sun, Mr and Mrs Fergusson are relaxing on board a chartered yacht off the coast of France - their only crew, the skipper-owner and his adopted daughter. On taking a turn around the deck, Mr Fergusson is rather put-out to discover a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Wilcox
CAST:  Michael Wilding  •  Odile Versois  •  Jack Hulbert  •  Constance Cummings

Enjoying a holiday in the sun, Mr and Mrs Fergusson are relaxing on board a chartered yacht off the coast of France - their only crew, the skipper-owner and his adopted daughter. On taking a turn around the deck, Mr Fergusson is rather put-out to discover a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Wilcox
CAST:  Michael Wilding  •  Odile Versois  •  Jack Hulbert  •  Constance Cummings

Sammy Going South (1963)

After he is orphaned by an air raid on Port Said during the Suez Crisis, a young boy attempts to go by himself from the Suez Canal to Durban in South Africa where his nearest relative, Aunt Jane, lives. On the way he meets a variety of different people who help or ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Mackendrick
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Fergus McClelland  •  Constance Cummings  •  Paul Stassino

After he is orphaned by an air raid on Port Said during the Suez Crisis, a young boy attempts to go by himself from the Suez Canal to Durban in South Africa where his nearest relative, Aunt Jane, lives. On the way he meets a variety of different people who help or ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Mackendrick
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Fergus McClelland  •  Constance Cummings  •  Paul Stassino

Channel Crossing (1933)

Money isn't everything. Tycoon races against time to cross the English Channel in order to save a business deal, but along the way his whole value system is thrown into turmoil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Milton Rosmer
CAST:  Matheson Lang  •  Constance Cummings  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Max Miller

Money isn't everything. Tycoon races against time to cross the English Channel in order to save a business deal, but along the way his whole value system is thrown into turmoil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Milton Rosmer
CAST:  Matheson Lang  •  Constance Cummings  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Max Miller

The Intimate Stranger (1956)

Film producer Reggie Wilson is worried he may have a dual personality. Fleeing Hollywood, he finds himself in England and married to the boss's daughter after which he quickly rises through the studio ranks. Then the letters appear from a lovesick fan who wants to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey  •  Alec C. Snowden
CAST:  Richard Basehart  •  Mary Murphy  •  Constance Cummings  •  Roger Livesey

Film producer Reggie Wilson is worried he may have a dual personality. Fleeing Hollywood, he finds himself in England and married to the boss's daughter after which he quickly rises through the studio ranks. Then the letters appear from a lovesick fan who wants to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey  •  Alec C. Snowden
CAST:  Richard Basehart  •  Mary Murphy  •  Constance Cummings  •  Roger Livesey

Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933)

Racketeer Frank Rocci is smitten with Joan Whelan, a dancer at Texas Guinan's famous Broadway night spot. He uses his influence to help her get a starring role in the show, hoping that it will also get Joan to fall in love with him. After scoring a hit, Joan ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lowell Sherman
CAST:  Paul Kelly  •  Constance Cummings  •  Russ Columbo  •  Blossom Seeley

Racketeer Frank Rocci is smitten with Joan Whelan, a dancer at Texas Guinan's famous Broadway night spot. He uses his influence to help her get a starring role in the show, hoping that it will also get Joan to fall in love with him. After scoring a hit, Joan ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lowell Sherman
CAST:  Paul Kelly  •  Constance Cummings  •  Russ Columbo  •  Blossom Seeley

Looking for Trouble (1934)

Joe and Casey trouble-shoot for the phone company. They try to prove that Joes's girl Ethel's boss Dan is a crook but are trapped by criminals and left in a burning building.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Jack Oakie  •  Constance Cummings  •  Arline Judge

Joe and Casey trouble-shoot for the phone company. They try to prove that Joes's girl Ethel's boss Dan is a crook but are trapped by criminals and left in a burning building.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Jack Oakie  •  Constance Cummings  •  Arline Judge

Remember Last Night? (1935)

After a night of wild partying at a friend's house, a couple wake up to discover the party's host has been murdered in his bed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Whale
CAST:  Edward Arnold  •  Robert Young  •  Constance Cummings  •  George Meeker

After a night of wild partying at a friend's house, a couple wake up to discover the party's host has been murdered in his bed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Whale
CAST:  Edward Arnold  •  Robert Young  •  Constance Cummings  •  George Meeker

In the Cool of the Day (1963)

After he mends a marital rift between a vacationing young couple, the bored, fragile wife falls hopelessly in love with the husband's ex-colleague who is married to a long suffering and emotionally and physically scarred woman. The couple soon run off to Greece ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Stevens
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Jane Fonda  •  Angela Lansbury  •  Arthur Hill

After he mends a marital rift between a vacationing young couple, the bored, fragile wife falls hopelessly in love with the husband's ex-colleague who is married to a long suffering and emotionally and physically scarred woman. The couple soon run off to Greece ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Stevens
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Jane Fonda  •  Angela Lansbury  •  Arthur Hill

Dead Man's Folly (1986)

During a murder hunt game at a country house, to which Hercule Poirot is invited as an "expert", a real murder occurs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clive Donner
CAST:  Peter Ustinov  •  Jean Stapleton  •  Constance Cummings  •  Tim Pigott-Smith

During a murder hunt game at a country house, to which Hercule Poirot is invited as an "expert", a real murder occurs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clive Donner
CAST:  Peter Ustinov  •  Jean Stapleton  •  Constance Cummings  •  Tim Pigott-Smith

Busman's Honeymoon (1940)

When Lord Peter Wimsey marries Harriet Vane, a crime author, they both promise to give up crime for good. As a wedding present, Peter purchases the old house where Harriet grew up, but when they try to move in the previous owner is nowhere to be found, until they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur B. Woods
CAST:  Robert Montgomery  •  Constance Cummings  •  Leslie Banks  •  Seymour Hicks

When Lord Peter Wimsey marries Harriet Vane, a crime author, they both promise to give up crime for good. As a wedding present, Peter purchases the old house where Harriet grew up, but when they try to move in the previous owner is nowhere to be found, until they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur B. Woods
CAST:  Robert Montgomery  •  Constance Cummings  •  Leslie Banks  •  Seymour Hicks
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